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Battersea Dogs & Cats Home reports surge of interest
by Emma Midgley
BBC Berkshire reporter

Cola the dog has been given a home
Cola the dog has now found a home after Maggie's visit

A charity which looks after abandoned pets has managed to find owners for three of its dogs after appearing on BBC Radio Berkshire.

Dogs Blondie, Socks and Cola have all been re-homed after a visit to Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Windsor by roving reporter Maggie Philbin.

Senior rehomer Vicki Snook said the broadcast had increased the number of visitors interested in adopting a pet.

However, Tink and Rudolph, both cats, are still waiting to be adopted.

Maggie visited the charity last week after it reported large numbers of cats and dogs had been abandoned during December 2010.

Abandoned animals

During Christmas Battersea Dogs & Cats Home in Old Windsor received more calls about abandoned animals than in 2008 and 2009.

Ms Snook said: "The weekend after the broadcast went out we had loads more visitors than we normally do, hoping to adopt a dog.

"Cola has found a home. They are going to use him as a pet therapy dog for people in hospitals and nursing homes.

Tink the cat is one of the longest residents of the home

"Blondie went to a retired gentleman and Socks went to a family."

Tink the cat has been one of the longest residents of the home. The 12-year-old tabby has been living at the centre for 10 months, and was brought in because her owner replaced her with a puppy.

"She is very affectionate but controlling," said Ms Snook. "She can be a bit feisty, but if you sit down quietly with her she will sit on your lap all day.

The Old Windsor branch of the Battersea Dogs and Cat Home opened 10 years ago, although the first Battersea Dogs & Cats Home opened in 1860.

The home features a chill out room and also "fosters" out dogs to people who are unable to take on the commitment of a full time pet.

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